Author Archives: Liz Holt

Making headlines

Two rising senior Caldwell Fellows, Andrew Arden and Joseph Farley, are making headlines in Europe – the good kind! On July 3rd they set off from Hamburg, Germany for a three-week, 750-mile bicycle ride that is scheduled to end in Paris on July 24. Their journey takes them through Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and France. The goal is raising awareness and funds for refugee families in the Triangle area of North Carolina. They have been featured in video stories on ABC and CBS.

Read more about Andrew (left) and Joseph (right):

Andrew Arden is a student of political science and psychology at North Carolina State University, as well as Caldwell Servant Leadership fellow. He recognizes firsthand the struggles of refugee and immigrant families in America through the eyes many close friends. He is greatly bothered and affected that in his country, America, with “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” engraved into the symbol of our freedom, refugees are greeted with such resentment and vitriol. The hope is that through this trip, the team can not only support local refugees families in a modestly beneficial manner, but can better educate themselves about how other countries that are doing more to combat this crisis of humanity are handling and supporting refugees of war and climate change. Through better educating ourselves and documenting our experiences, the team hopes to raise awareness among peers about the refugee experience in Europe, and what lessons can be brought back to America about kindness and hospitality in the face of a humanitarian crisis.

Joseph Farley is a student at NC State University studying Psychology and Biochemistry. He aspires to become a research professor and to conduct brain research. Holding compassion as his core value, Joseph Farley has made it his priority to help others. He sees the refusal to accept more refugees to America to the refugee crisis as an affront to basic human decency and a violation of human rights.

Recognizing his duty to others and enthusiastic about this opportunity for personal growth, he decided to undertake this trip for fundraising with his friend Andrew. Their ultimate goals are to raise money for refugees and compare the attitudes toward refugees in Europe and America.

Donation page: www.youcaring.com/northcarolinarefugeefamilies-828575

Reunion of Caldwell Mexico trip alumni

Since 2008 an annual service-learning trip to Mexico over spring or summer breaks has been a rich part of the Caldwell Fellows program.

From Puebla, to Atencingo and now to Guanajuato and Pozos, we have lived and worked in the communities of family members of our Fellows and with exemplary leaders in the work of serving and empowering others.

Eighty + Caldwell alumni have been on a cross-cultural learning experience to Mexico and this July we send another ten.

All Mexico Program Alumni are invited to join this year’s class of Mexico program fellows for an evening of celebration, reunion and sending forth of this year’s class of ten Fellows at the beginning of their Mexico program experience.

Sunday evening

July 9th, 5:30pm

Mitch’s Tavern, 2426 Hillsborough St, Raleigh

We promise a spirited evening of Mexican cuisine and shared reflection on the impact of your Mexico experience in your life today.

Register now! www.alumni.ncsu.edu/CaldwellMexicoTrip

THINK BIG Visioning Event June 8

Bill ’87 and Melinda ’88 Nussey invite you to join
Caldwell Fellows Director Janice Odom,
Director Emeritus Gerald Hawkins
and Triangle-area Caldwell alumni and friends for….THINK BIG
Strategic Visioning Workshop
Designed to look back at the program’s first 50 years and explore the possibilities for the next 50 years as we seek to lay the groundwork for future Caldwell Fellows at NC State. 

Thursday, June 8
5:30 p.m. Arrival | 6 – 8 p.m. Workshop

The J.C. Raulston Arboretum
Ruby McSwain Educational Center
4415 Beryl Road | Raleigh

Registration is required by June 5 | Space is limited
$20 per person | Includes dinner and drinks |
Business casual attire

Questions? Contact Janice Odom, Director of the Caldwell Fellows, at janice_odom@ncsu.edu, or Jenny Royer, Director of Development, at jennyroyer@ncsu.edu

Caldwell Fellows Gala

Registration has closed. If you have already registered we will see you Saturday night!

See who is coming at the registration link: www.alumni.ncsu.edu/CaldwellGala2017

Join us for an evening of Caldwell community and celebration.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The North Carolina Museum of Art | 2110 Blue Ridge Road | Raleigh, NC

Tickets $50 per person

Your ticket includes a menu of heavy hors d’oeuvres and access to the galleries. Docents will be present to enable your experience of the museum. We’ll also have a cash bar.

In the spirit of an evening at the art museum, creative evening attire is welcome.

Gala Sponsors:  Vansana and Vanvisa Nolintha (Bida Manda) and Stephen Sumner
Are you interested in becoming a Gala Sponsor? Contact Van Nolintha at vansana@bidamanda.com

Schedule of Events:

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The evening begins with a champagne reception hosted by Chancellor Randy Woodson and Susan Woodson especially for alumni and friends of the program.

7:30 p.m.
Current Fellows will arrive together (a “Gala Bus” will bring them from campus).

7:45 – 8 p.m.
A short program.

8 – 10 p.m.
Enjoy time with the Caldwell Fellows and as the evening unfolds, music will offer inspiration to those inclined to dance, a progression from mellow to lively.

In addition to the important work of reconnecting with the mission and rich relationships of our Caldwell Fellows community, this year’s evening will benefit Habitat for Humanity. All contributions above the ticket cost go to the Caldwell 2017 Shack-A-Thon fund and will support the NC State “Build a Block”’ commitment to complete a block of 11 homes in southeast Raleigh.

Questions?
Contact Liz Holt 919.515.3837 or etholt@ncsu.edu

Caldwells Finish First in Shack-a-thon

Donations toward our shack were accepted until October 3 and put us at #1 status for fundraising with $7993.00 raised! Go to this link to see the results of this wonderful effort to provide homes in Raleigh for 11 families (the NC State Build-a-block campaign.)

Watch a time lapse video by Caldwell Fellow, Jacob Sebastian, of the construction of the shack. 

Here’s what happens when the candidates for the biggest job in the land debate about a very important local subject!

shack-2016-pic1Sunday, September 18 began several weeks of fundraising for a worthy cause – building a block of Habitat homes in Raleigh! This effort is coordinated by NC State. 40 teams built shacks on Sunday, and lived in them Monday through Friday of that week 24/7 to raise funds and awareness. The Caldwell Fellows have always been in the top three in fundraising and #1 in 2016.

Citizenship

CITIZENSHIP:   The word evokes a wide range of feelings and images.

 

What does it mean to us?  A community with the privilege of higher education.  A diverse community in the US, a part of the global community of 2016.  A community of thoughtful people, discerning our ethical base within a major election year.  Individuals within a democracy.

 

Where we go with our program theme this year will depend on what you bring to the table.  Our dinner team has already been at work, musing how to structure experiences that will evoke our expanded and deepened perspective. They have already teased our thought with the theme launch video at dinner last Sunday and with copies now in hand for us all of the US Constitution.

 

Your involvement  and honest perspective is urged.

Such is the work of democracy.  Let’s live it out, shall we..?

 

Make note, if you haven’t already, of fall dinner dates; all are Sundays in Talley.

Sept 18  Special time – 6:00 – 8:00pm;

October 23 and November 20 both 5-7pm.

Interested, alumni? Let us know a week ahead of the dinner so we can include you!

Welcome back, Caldwells!

We’re jumping into a new academic year fresh with possibilities and exciting plans. The energy in our office and on campus is so real!

The Caldwell program is unique at NC State. First year students are invited to learn more about the program by reading our FAQ’s, attending an information session in your college and beginning the application when it goes live in October. Applications will be due in mid-January.

Interested in applying for the Caldwell Fellows?

If you missed the INFO session please check our Apply Page for FAQ’s and email us with any questions! caldwellfellows@ncsu.edu

During Wolfpack Welcome Week the Caldwell Fellows will hold two information sessions (back-to-back) on Tuesday, August 16 in Witherspoon Student Center Room 201 from noon to 1:00PM and 1:00PM to 2:00PM. Please join us for an informal presentation and a chance to ask questions of our director, Dr. Janice Odom, and current Caldwell Fellows students!

 

Caldwells in Mexico

Caldwells in Guanajuato and Pozos

For our second summer abroad program in 2016 seven Caldwell Fellows, along with Director, Janice Odom, and Melissa Edwards Smith from Global Training Initiative at NC State, are immersed in the rich and vibrant culture of Mexico and the beautiful colonial-era city of Guanajuato, Mexico.  Declared a UNESCO world heritage site, it is one of the most picturesque cities in Mexico. The students are spending the first three days in the historic center absorbed in the acclaimed architecture, food, music, art and dance. On July 8 they move to the small town of Minerale de Pozos to experience homestays with families in Pozos who help draw their livelihood from the hospitality they provide to the guests to their community. While living with local families the students will also engage in hands-on work toward the ongoing project of bringing the infrastructure for water supply to homes in the community of Pozos.  This effort is a project of the International Water Security Network www.watersecuritynetwork.org/research/transboundary-water-security/

Guanajuato Tour

Caldwells in Spain

Janice Odom, two members of our Professional Development Coaching Team, eight current Fellows and one alumn travelled to Spain on May 17 to begin their pilgrimage walk on the Camino de Compostelo de Santiago. Here they are after completing the goal on June 2: “We made it to Santiago. 14 days. 309km. Countless hills and blisters. Exponential insights. Excessive hilarity. Amazing group. Proud.” (JO)

Janice Odom, Director of the Caldwell Fellows

Vansana Nolintha, Caldwell Class of 2008

Cameron Bright, Class of 2018

Marc Celestini, Class of 2016

Ethan-Cole Evens, Class of 2019

Ulises Gutierrez, Class of 2019

Thomas Harris, Class of 2016

Devin Johnson, class of 2017

Noah Johnson, class of 2019

Samantha Saunders, Class of 2019

Derek Ross, Caldwell Coach (not pictured)

Tom Sappington, Caldwell Coach (not pictured)